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# Disability Services

Last week
22nd January 2023 - 28th January 2023
# enable ireland
Charity apologises for 'Nanny 911' advice to Cork parents of girl with intellectual disability
The family parted ways with the non-profit last year amid the fallout from the incident.
Last year
2022
# delayed delivery
'At this stage, it is a crisis': Children still left waiting for public disability services
Parents devastated as one-quarter of staff roles in new disability network teams remain unfilled and children left in limbo.
Staff vacancies in Child Disability Network Teams as high as 88% in one locality, reports Orla Dwyer.
"Everything is a fight," say parents who report poor communication from teams.
Therapist vacancies are highest, leaving children without services.
# delayed delivery
None of the 91 community teams for children with disabilities are fully staffed
There is an average vacancy rate of about 25% across teams, the Joint Committee heard this week.
# delayed delivery
Over half of children with disabilities not receiving any services, new survey reveals
Two recent surveys highlight concerns that services are getting worse rather than better.
All time
# Disability Services
Parents 'bawling their eyes out' as HSE relocates on-site therapists from special school
The changes were made as part of the roll-out of a new centralised model of disability services.
# Disability Services
Additional supports to be made available for disability services reopening next month
The HSE is working with disability services to determine the financial aid that will be necessary to implement social distancing.
# HIQA
Life inside Ireland's disability services: Allegations of abusive staff and unexplained bruising
The allegations are contained in documents released to TheJournal.ie under the Freedom of Information Act.
# Health watchdog
Multiple allegations of assaults on residents of Irish disability services
The allegations are contained in documents released to TheJournal.ie under the Freedom of Information Act.
# Disability Services
Wheelchair users unable to travel on 'accessible' Bus Éireann routes because of bus stops
Bus Éireann require 24-hour notice of travel for wheelchair users.
# UNSOLICITED information
Multiple allegations of sexual and physical abuse against disability care staff
The concerns are all raised in documents released by Hiqa (the Health and Quality Authority) to TheJournal.ie under the Freedom of Information Act.
Voices
Opinion: Despite €67m spend we have poor management and a lack of accountability
The last government, and Leo Varadkar as Minister for Health, had, in the context of numerous disability scandals an ideal moment for reform, writes Paddy Connolly.
# Kildare
Residents at disability centre spat at and under constant threat of aggression
An inspection from Hiqa found a number of issues at Broadleaf Manor in Kildare.
# inhumane
'People feel really abandoned': Brendan O'Connor on services for children with disabilities
We’re still abdicating our responsibility to take care of our most vulnerable children, O’Connor says.
# FOI
Staff member in disabled care home accused of "verbal and psychological abuse"
New documents show a range of issues raised with disability services in Ireland.
# GE16 Fact Check
FactCheck: Is Fine Gael right to say it has "maintained disability spending"?
TheJournal.ie’s GE16 FactCheck wades into the middle of a row between Fine Gael and a high-profile Dáil candidate.
# Disability Services
Campaigner and thalidomide survivor: Meet the woman who will listen to HSE whistleblowers
Leigh Gath has been named the HSE’s Confidential Recipient.
# inspection
Health watchdog had "grave concerns" over disability centre
The centre in Offaly was given an immediate care order.
# Disability Services
Meal times at intellectual disability centre "distressing" report found
A subsequent report showed a major improvement.
# Disability cuts
HSE cuts €189,461 from Sunbeam House’s budget
The cuts have resulted in an immediate reduction in transport services for users, affecting 44 users in County Wicklow.
# Disability Services
HSE cuts €1 million from St Michael’s House budget
The disability services organisation has introduced a series of service cuts as a result of the funding decision.
# Disability Services
Disability Federation of Ireland hits out at Lynch letter to parents
A letter sent to parents in Galway says that some school leavers with intellectual disabilities will be offered places that will not “fully address requirements”.